23 year old film student
Thirteen Lives 2022
I know this was an adaptation of the rescue divers’ memoirs, so it makes sense that the focus is on the divers, but I wish this film had focused more on the boys, during and after the event. There wasn’t even a scene at the end of when the parents finally get to hug their boys again which I just think is a massive missed opportunity for catharsis after the harrowing watch.
The Menu 2022
Going to one of these “every meal tells a story” fancy restaurants is already my nightmare, so this movie did not have to do much to be an effective horror for me. I think if you try to dig into the plot too seriously, it falls apart, but I had a great time taking it just as a comedy. The s'more's scene made me LOSE IT.
Also worth watching for Anya Taylor Joy delivering the final girl energy that is delightful every time.
Thelma & Louise 1991
Fucking magnificent. I love women.
I think it's worth noting that normally, when I watch a movie as iconic as this one for the first time, it usually reminds me of many more recent films that took inspiration from it, but it's really a travesty that Thelma & Louise still feels like the only of its kind.
I found this hard to get through, partially because it reflects loneliness in a particularly brutal way that was almost intolerable to sit with. I also came in with an expectation that this was going to say something profound about AI, like Ex Machina, but the AI concept really just exists in this movie as a vehicle to explore loneliness with an artificial substitute for a human connection. In fact, most of the futuristic elements in Her are improbable. I…